Irene Imfeld is a photo-artist based in Oakland, CA. Imfeld was raised in a small town in Ohio and attended local schools where she began her interest in photography with basic darkroom classes. She moved to the Bay Area and worked as a freelance book designer for many years. She continued study in the photographic arts by attending numerous photo workshops and reviews. Past active memberships include Bay Area Photographers Collective, 2009-13; SFMOMA Foto Forum, 2008-15; Berkeley Bridge Artists (exchange w/Japanese artists), 2005-15. Irene was co-owner and curatorial director of PHOTO Fine Art Photography, a regional gallery in Oakland, 2010-15. Irene was on the PhotoAlliance Board of Directors 2015-18.
In 2017 Imfeld spent six weeks in residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, near Louisville. During that time she made the series Phantasm: Autumn in the Kentucky Woods. This is the fourth group of images which reference the essence of nature through abstraction. In 2015 she was awarded a residency at Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residencies where she completed the Zone of Transformation series. Her image, Vacant Nests #21, was chosen by William Wegman as Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 Fauna competition, San Francisco. The Vacant Nests series was shown at a solo exhibit at Soho Photo Gallery, New York, in June 2016, as winner of the SPG portfolio competition. Imfeld spoke about her work at City College of San Francisco in 2016, an update to her featured presentation, “The Artist’s Path,” at Shooting the West, Winnemucca, NV, in 2013. She had solo exhibitions at the Bolinas Museum and the Fresno Art Museum, both in 2007. In addition, she won awards in exhibitions at the Print Center, Philadelphia, and at the Atheneum, La Jolla, California.
Imfeld will exhibit recent work at the Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA, in 2019.